Fraud and Fallible Judgement : Deception in the Social and Behavioural Sciences, Hardback Book

Fraud and Fallible Judgement : Deception in the Social and Behavioural Sciences Hardback

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Fraud and Fallible Judgment is both an exploration of fraud and an examination of the nature of truth in social relations and experience.

The essaysin this volume are concerned with deception in the social and behavioral sciences, and conditions that elicit deceptive behavior among scientists, whatever then-discipline.

The issue of fraud in the social sciences moves far beyond a simple dictionary definition of duplicity.

Errors in experimentation are less definite and less concrete than they are in the physical sciences.

Fraud in the social sciences ranges from simple plagiarism of data and ideas to quiet suppression of information.The essays in 'Fraud and Fallible Judgment' raise issues of professional judgment from self-policing to academic policy.

Episodes of misconduct in research, once resolved within the academic or scientific community, are now commanding media attention on an unprecedented scale.

One net effect over the long term may prove to be that public confidence in the research enterprise has been irretrievably weakened (likewise, perhaps, public willingness to invest tax dollars in the support of that enterprise).

Allegations of fraud can also be used to destroy careers.

Once maligned, a reputation may never be repaired. The very act of writing on the subject with candor and intelligence is itself an act of rare courage.

Contributions to this volume include: David Goodstein, "The Fading Myth of the Noble Scientist"; J.

Phillipe Rushton, "Cyril Hurt as the Victim of Scientific Hoax"; Del Thiessen and Robert Young, "Investigating Sexual Coercion"; and Marcel LaFollette, "The Silence of the Social Sciences." This volume is an ideal text for students and scientists in all areas of the social and behavioral sciences, particularly psychologists and sociologists.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Sociology
  • ISBN: 9781138523777

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